|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Lucile by Owen Meredith:
"Could I help you," she murmur'd, "but what can I say
That your life will respond to?" "My life?" he sigh'd. "Nay,
My life hath brought forth only evil, and there
The wild wind hath planted the wild weed: yet ere
You exclaim, 'Fling the weed to the flames,' think again
Why the field is so barren. With all other men
First love, though it perish from life, only goes
Like the primrose that falls to make way for the rose.
For a man, at least most men, may love on through life:
Love in fame; love in knowledge; in work: earth is rife
With labor, and therefor, with love, for a man.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Padre Ignacio by Owen Wister:
music. He is of educated people. He cannot be American. And now--yes, he
has taken--I think it must be a flower, from his pocket. I shall have him
to dine with me." And vespers ended with rosy clouds of eagerness
drifting across the Padre's brain.
But the stranger made his own beginning. As the priest came from the
church, the rebellious young figure was waiting. "Your organist tells
me," he said, impetuously, "that it is you who--"
"May I ask with whom I have the great pleasure of speaking?" said the
Padre, putting formality to the front and his pleasure out of sight.
The stranger's face reddened beneath its sun-beaten bronze, and he became
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Disputation of the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences by Dr. Martin Luther:
ecclesie, sed locutus est usu vocabuli suo tempore.
10.  Sine temeritate dicimus claves ecclesie (merito Christi
donatas) esse thesaurum istum.
11.  Clarum est enim, quod ad remissionem penarum et casuum
sola sufficit potestas Pape.
12.  Verus thesaurus ecclesie est sacrosanctum euangelium
glorie et gratie dei.
13.  Hic autem est merito odiosissimus, quia ex primis facit
14.  Thesaurus autem indulgentiarum merito est gratissimus,
quia ex novissimis facit primos.
|The fourth excerpt represents the element of Earth. It speaks of physical influences and the impact of the unseen on the visible world, and is drawn from King James Bible:
of the people.
MAR 14:3 And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he
sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of
spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his
MAR 14:4 And there were some that had indignation within themselves,
and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made?
MAR 14:5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence,
and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her.
MAR 14:6 And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath
wrought a good work on me.
King James Bible